IGP transfer of crime suspects to implicate me, Saraki cries out

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Following Saraki's accusation, the Senate resolved that the Senate president should lead a delegation to relay the concerns raised on the floor.

The senate president said from what he learnt, the IGP ordered that some suspected cultists arrested in Ilorin should be taken to Abuja where their statements will be altered to implicate him and the state government. Last night, a group of suspects that had been arrested in Kwara state for cultism and whose investigations had been completed, and were about to go under prosecution under state law under the advice of the DPP and Ministry of Justice.

The Police said the statement credited to the Senate President can discourage living victims and deceased families of those who must have been killed by the gang from coming forward to give evidence against them.

In ordering the transfer of the case, the police headquarters denied any vested interest by the Inspector General of Police.

According to him, "we had cases of notorious and unsafe killers in the state which have been handled in the state".

Other alleged victims were identified with their first names only: Lateef, Jamiu, Segun, Wasiu, Musiliu, another Lateef, Abbey a student of Kwara Polytechnic and Lanre, who was killed on 23 August, 2015 at Isale Aluko Area of Ilorin.

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On whether the IG has any special interest in the case, the statememt stated: "It is pertinent to state that, there is no vested interest by the Inspector General of Police in the ongoing investigation into the several murders committed by this killer gang, other than ensuring that justice prevails in the matter".

Saraki, who made the allegation on Wednesday, May 16, during plenary, claimed that the IGP had ordered that some suspected cultists arrested in Kwara state be transferred to Abuja, where they are expected to make statements that will implicate him.

"The information reaching him from the commissioner of police (is) that they have been directed by IGP to bring them to Abuja".

He described the so-called plot as "an act of desperation, blackmail, intimidation, abuse of office and crude tactics aimed at turning our country into a police state where top officials can not be made to obey the law, follow due process and subject themselves to constituted authorities".

Mr. Saraki said this on Wednesday, telling senators he wanted to call their attention to the matter.

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